Happenings

Be sure to add these upcoming events to your calendar.

Cruising Club Of America Hands Out 2010 Honors
The Cruising Club of America has announced the recipients of the 2010 Rod Stephens Trophy for Outstanding Seamanship and the 2010 Far Horizons Award. Alessandro Di Benedetto (seen here) was awarded the Rod Stephens Trophy for Outstanding Seamanship for his skills displayed while jury-rigging a mast after being dismasted near Cape Horn during his solo, non-stop circumnavigation aboard his 21-foot Findomestic. William E. Cook received the Far Horizons Award for several voyages that he has taken to the far northern reaches of the globe, including cruises to Greenland and Baffin Island. The awards will be presented by Commodore of the Cruising Club of America, Shelia McMurdy, during the CCA's annual Awards Dinner at the New York Yacht Club in Manhattan on March 4. www.cruisingclub.org

Do you have Caribbean Soul?
The Florida Yacht Brokers Association (FYBA), International Superyacht Society (ISS) and Ft. Lauderdale Mariners Club (FTLMC) will be hosting a fundraising event to kickoff the Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show. The party is called "I've Got a Caribbean Soul" and will be held Wednesday, 16 February 2011, from 6:00-9:00 p.m., at the Show Management tent on Cocktail Barge #1 in the 4700 block of Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida. Tickets are $30 and proceeds benefit Shake-A-Leg Miami, which teaches the disabled the rewarding discipline of sailing. www.shakealegmiami.org

Take a Women's Sailing Course in the BVIs
Sea Sense, the Women's Sailing and Powerboat School, is offering a 7-day, liveaboard sailing course in the British Virgin Islands. The course will be held aboard a cruising sloop that departs Tortola and wanders the many beautiful islands of the BVIs, giving participants the chance to learn seamanship, sail trim, navigation and much more from a female captain. The cost is $2,750, which includes tuition and accommodation aboard, as well as many meals, fuel, dockage and other expenses associated with the class. For more, visit www.seasenseboating.com